It didn't take long for the Capitals' Matt Hendricks to settle a score with Montreal's Rene Bourque.

Just 1:15 into Wednesday's 3-0 victory at Bell Centre, the winger challenged Bourque and the two squared off.

Bourque, of course, knocked Washington's leading scorer Nicklas Backstrom out of the lineup indefinitely with a vicious elbow to the head on Jan. 3.

Hendricks said there was no discussion with Bourque on the ice before the fight, and added that the Habs winger seemed to know what was coming.

"It's part of 'The Code,' part of the game," Hendricks said. "There are consequences for all actions. He was a great sport about it. He knows the game; I'm sure he wanted to get it out of the way as soon as he could."